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Massena man charged with felony criminal contempt count


CRIMINAL CONTEMPT - MASSENA - Village police charged Terry L. Crump, 41, of 245 Center St., Apt. 4, Massena, with a felony count of first-degree criminal contempt and a second-degree harassment following a domestic dispute at his residence shortly before 10 p.m. Tuesday at his residence. He allegedly violated an order of protection issued July 16, 2013 directed him to stay away from Jolene Coffey. Police said Ms. Coffey and Crump were both intoxicated and refused to give statements about the incident, but they said they found multiple clumps of hair on the floor, observed redness and bruises on Ms. Coffey’s arms and a neighbor reported she had heard a female yelling, “Let me go.”

Crump was arraigned Wednesday morning by Massena Village Justice Eric J. Gustafson and released under the supervision of the probation department. St. Lawrence County Assistant District Attorney Andrew T. Botts, noting the allegations charged in the latest arrest and Crump’s extensive criminal history, had asked the court to set bail at $10,000 cash or $20,000 bond.

Under questioning from the village justice, Crump said he could reside with a friend, Marilyn Empey, since he wasn’t allowed to return to his Center Street address. The court signed a temporary order of protection directing Crump to have no contact with Ms. Coffey for the next six months.

Crump, clad in a pair of AC/DC pajama bottoms, asked the court for permission to return to the Center Street address to get some pants.

“Yes, in the presence of the police. I don’t want you over there by yourself,” Mr. Gustafson told Crump.

Crump Jr., then living at 543 South Main St., Massena, had been charged with second-degree criminal contempt and resisting arrest at 10:25 p.m. Sept. 22 after responding to a domestic dispute call at 259 Center St. Ms. Coffey reportedly invited Crump to her residence, according to court documents. She refused to cooperate in the investigation, police said.

Police noted they heard the male and female yelling at each other when they arrived on the scene and located the couple in Coffey’s apartment. Acting Village Justice James M. Crandall had signed an order of protection on Feb. 20, 2013 directing Crump to stay away from Ms. Coffey. Police said Crump pulled away and fought with police officers when they were taking him into custody on the criminal contempt charge.

The Massena man with a long history of alcohol-related domestic dispute arrests was ordered to pay $750 in fines and surcharges in February after two misdemeanor third-degree assault charges were reduced to second-degree harassment violations in a plea bargain agreement with the district attorney’s office.

Mr. Crandall fined Crump $250 and ordered him to pay a $125 surcharge for each conviction.

The court also placed Crump under a one-year conditional discharge with stipulations he not abuse alcohol, use or possess illicit substances, commit no further offenses and engage in no physical altercations.

Village police had charged Crump with third-degree assault at 5:50 p.m. Oct. 17 following an investigation into a domestic dispute.

Police said they responded to a disturbance complaint and learned Crump had thrown a small clock that struck Ms. Coffey in the head, leaving her with injuries to her forehead, nose and under her right eye. Police said Ms. Coffey refused medical attention and refused to sign a complaint or answer questions for the domestic incident report.

But police officers said Crump admitted throwing the clock at his girlfriend when he was being processed at the police station. “I didn’t even hit her. I just threw that clock at her,” he reportedly responded during the processing procedure.

Crump had also been charged with third-degree assault at 5:10 p.m. Sept. 22 following another domestic dispute. An allegedly intoxicated Crump reportedly threw Ms. Coffey on the kitchen floor and kicked her in the mouth. Ms. Coffey suffered a cut lip in that incident, police said.

He was charged with second-degree criminal contempt on March 27 when he allegedly violated the order of protection.

Several of those charges are still pending in Massena court.

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